Pema Rinzin: Compassion Transformed at Joshua Liner

by Art Fag City on January 24, 2011 · 2 comments Reviews

Pema Rinzin: Compassion Transformed
Venue: Joshua Liner Gallery548 West 28th Street, 3rd Floor

Pema Rinzin is a Tibetan artist who reforms traditional Tibetan Buddhist Thangka painting – of which he is an award-winning master – into something abstract, hybrid, and thoroughly contemporary. Though he has been featured in group shows at, among other venues, the Rubin Museum, this will be his first solo show in New York. As an aside, it’s nice that Joshua Liner is taking Rinzin’s contemporary approach seriously – too many similar artists have been permanently exiled to Asian-art-specialist galleries and museums.


eja January 28, 2011 at 3:20 am

Agreed, especially about the last sentence. 99.99% of tibetan contemporary artist have been snapped up by Rossi & Rossi, much to the detriment of their careers as (non-pigeonholed) artists…

gritcity February 14, 2011 at 9:40 pm

I agree as well, but whose fault is it for exiling them? Contemporary spaces for not exhibiting them? or specialist who are willing to support their their work?

Also that percentage is way off. There is a multitude of (often bad) contemporary tibetan art that exists. It just seems like Rossi & Rossi has 99% because they are the only ones actively promoting the work in the market. Culture and identity are both issues all artists have to consider at some point. Pigeonholed or not its better to have a career than no career.

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